Alia Armstrong of LSU in the women's 100m hurdles

BATON ROUGE, LA (May 12) – The 2023 SEC Outdoor Championships continued on Friday (12) at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium, and we saw some impressive performances in the women’s 100m hurdles heats. Alia Armstrong, Masai Russell, and Ackera Nugent, all top contenders for the gold medal, secured their spots in the highly-anticipated final, which is set for Saturday’s third and final day.

LSU’s Armstrong, determined to defend her home track, delivered a stellar performance in her heat. The defending SEC outdoor champion crossed the finish line in a wind-aided time of 12.31 seconds (2.2m/s), securing the fastest time of the day and qualifying with ease. Armstrong’s confidence and speed make her a strong contender for the top spot on the podium and said she saved something in reserve for the final.

READ MORE: Day 2 2023 SEC Outdoor Championships Schedule of Events (May 12)

NCAA Indoor champion Ackera Nugent from Arkansas also put in an impressive display, finishing second in her heat with a time of 12.49 seconds. Nugent’s strong performance not only secured her a spot in the final but also positioned her as a serious threat to the title after beating Armstrong this season on the same track last month.

The Jamaican 60m hurdles record holder will undoubtedly be another athlete to watch in the title race this weekend. She qualified with the third best time entering the final.

Meanwhile, Masai Russell of Kentucky, the current collegiate record holder, showed her dominance in the second semi-final heat. Russell crossed the line in 12.47 seconds (2.2m/s), claiming the second-fastest time of the day.

Despite a potential false start scare, Charisma Taylor from Tennessee finished second in the heat with a time of 12.93 seconds, advancing to the final with the fourth best time.

Joining the top contenders in the final are Grace Stark of Florida (12.97), Jayla Hollis, also from Florida (13.06), and Rosealee Cooper of Mississippi State (12.99).

The final of the women’s 100m hurdles at the 2023 SEC Outdoor Championships is set to take place on Saturday, May 13, at 6:55 p.m. ET.

Stay tuned for what promises to be an scintillating showdown between Armstrong, Russell, Nugent at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

2023 SEC Outdoor Championship – Women’s 100m Hurdles Results

  1. Alia Armstrong – LSU – 12.31Q – 2.2m/s • H1 • Yr: JR
  2. Masai Russell – Kentucky – 12.47Q – 2.2m/s • H2 • Yr: SR
  3. Ackera Nugent – Arkansas – 12.49Q – 2.2m/s • H1 • Yr: JR
  4. Charisma Taylor – Tennessee – 12.93Q – 2.2m/s • H2 • Yr: SR
  5. Grace Stark – Florida – 12.97Q – 2.2m/s • H2 • Yr: JR
  6. Jayla Hollis – Florida – 13.06Q – 2.2m/s • H1 • Yr: JR
  7. Rosealee Cooper – Miss State – 12.99q – 2.2m/s • H2 • Yr: JR
  8. Jaiya Covington – Texas A&M – 13.07q – 13.070 – 2.2m/s • H2 • Yr: FR
  9. Madison Langley-Walker – Arkansas – 13.07q – 13.070 – 2.2m/s • H1 • Yr: SR
  10. Shani’a Bellamy – LSU – 13.14 – 2.2m/s • H1 • Yr: JR
  11. Leah Phillips – LSU – 13.18 – 2.2m/s • H1 • Yr: JR
  12. Jaiden Paris – Ole Miss – 13.21 – 2.2m/s • H2 • Yr: SR
  13. Bella Witt – Georgia – 13.25 – 2.2m/s • H1 • Yr: SO
  14. Imani Carothers – Florida – 13.35 – 2.2m/s • H2 • Yr: SR
  15. Shadajah Ballard – Kentucky – 13.43 – 2.2m/s • H1 • Yr: JR
  16. Santana Spearman – Vanderbilt – 13.63 – 2.2m/s • H2 • Yr: FR
  17. Jessicka Woods – Miss State – 13.71 – 2.2m/s • H1 • Yr: FR DNF – Yasmin Brooks – Kentucky – 2.2m/s • H2 • Yr: SR

Full Results are here

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